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So Long and Good Luck to Lisa
With a mixture of sadness and excitement, the Active for
Life® (AFL) National Program Office announces that
Senior Coordinator Lisa Groce is leaving AFL and has accepted
a position with the Texas Engineering Experiment Station,
which is part of the Texas A&M University System. Lisa
has been with AFL almost since its inception. She has contributed
vastly to the success of the program, helping both NPO staff
and program grantees keep tabs on reports, budgets, and related
procedures. She also took the lead in coordination of the
annual grantee meetings. In addition to her work-related accomplishments,
during her AFL tenure Lisa became a certified personal trainer.
As of August 25, calls for Lisa will be referred to Diane
Dowdy at 979-458-4249.
OASIS Active Generations Project
Congratulations to The OASIS Institute on funding from WellPoint
Foundation to implement intergenerational physical activity
programs in eight locations (St. Louis, Indianapolis, San
Diego, Los Angeles, Syracuse, Albany, Denver, and San Antonio).
OASIS is working with the Coordinated Approach to Child Health
(CATCH) program staff to develop additional sessions and complete
a manual that will include information on how after-school
programs can address environmental and policy issues.
Aging in the Plains Conference
AFL director Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH will present at the September
24-26 Aging in the Plains Conference (http://www.extension.org/events/737),
convened by the Regional Institute on Aging at Wichita State
University. Ory will address self-management strategies and
preventing and managing chronic illnesses.
The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
(PCPFS) offers an easy-to-use online Adult Fitness Test
The tool measures overall fitness levels by assessing aerobic
fitness, muscular strength, endurance, flexibility and body
composition. The Adult Fitness Test features activities
that provide an overall assessment of a person’s physical
fitness and can be used to help set fitness goals and measure
progress. The test involves a one-mile walk or 1.5-mile
run to test aerobic fitness, sit-ups or push-ups to test
muscular strength and endurance, a sit-and-reach test to
measure flexibility, and a body mass index (BMI) test to
assess body composition.
Report Highlights Benefits
of Investment in Prevention
The Trust for America’s Health recently released a
report titled Prevention for a Healthier America: Investments
in Disease Prevention Yield Significant Savings, Stronger
The report examines how much the country could save by strategically
investing in community disease prevention programs. The
study demonstrates that an investment of $10 per person
per year in proven community-based programs can generate
a return of $5.60 for every $1 spent.
ICAA Professional Education
The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) and Desert
Southwest Fitness offer a course selection of 18 home study
programs designed specifically for working with older adults
and those with special medical conditions. Industry leaders
with advanced degrees and extensive practical experience
in their specialty area author all materials. These courses
allow health and aging services professionals to upgrade
specific skills that are necessary for career enhancement
while providing the opportunity to fulfill continuing education
requirements. For more information, please visit http://www.icaa.cc/profesional_education/dswf_educationalcourses.htm.
Groups Increase Likelihood of Maintaining Physical Activity
In 2007, AARP developed a year-long walking program, Step
& Stride with Ruby (SSWR), supported by the AARP Foundation
Women's Leadership Circle (WLC) and in collaboration with
the Red Hat Society (RHS), to test the connection between
the social htmlects of group exercise (i.e., walking) and
the likelihood that participants will sustain regular exercise
over time. A retention rate of 87 percent for study chapter
and 49 percent for control chapter respondents supports
the notion that a program with intact social groups can
increase the likelihood of individuals remaining in an exercise
program over an extended period of time. This is in contrast
to an average of 29 percent who have participated for the
full length of the AARP 10 Week Walking program. The full
report is available at http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/health/step_stride.pdf.
Tai Chi Chih Improves Sleep
UCLA researchers report that practicing tai chi chih, the
westernized version of a 2,000-year-old Chinese martial
art, promotes sleep quality in older adults with moderate
sleep complaints. The study was published in the July issue
of the journal Sleep (http://www.journalsleep.org/ViewAbstract.html?citationid=3613).
Researchers noted that participants of the study who had
poor sleep quality also showed significant improvements
in sleep quality following the tai chi chih intervention.
Vigorous Exercise Adds to
Years of Good Health
Runners over the age of 50 are leaner and healthier than
their sedentary counterparts, note Stanford University School
of Medicine researchers. In a study published in the August
11 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine (http://archinte.ama-assn.org/),
researchers theorized that if people started performing
vigorous exercise in middle age or later, they would increase
the number of years they would remain in good health and
minimize the number of years they would be disabled and
unhealthy. To test the hypothesis, the Stanford group kept
tabs on more than 500 runners over the age of 50 since 1984,
comparing them with a similar group of non-runners. Nineteen
years into the study, 34 percent of the non-running group
had died, compared with only 15 percent of the running group.
Only seven percent of runners died from infections, neurological
disease, or cancer, whereas 19 percent of non-runners died
of those causes.
September is Healthy Aging
Month. Healthy Aging® Campaign. http://www.healthyaging.net.
America on the Move Campaign.
September. America on the Move Foundation. http://www.americaonthemove.org.
National Cholesterol Education
Month. September. National Heart, Lung and Blood
Meetings and Conferences
Society for Public Health
Education (SOPHE) Annual Meeting. Oct. 23-25.
San Diego, CA. http://www.sophe.org/singlenews.html?item_ID=9463&comm=0
American Public Health
Association Annual Meeting. October 25-29, 2008.
San Diego, CA. http://www.apha.org.
of America Annual Meeting. November 21-25, 2008.
National Harbor, MD.
December 4-6, 2008. San Antonio, TX. http://www.icaa.cc.
American College of Preventive
Medicine Annual Conference. February 11-14, 2009.
Los Angeles, CA. http://www.preventivemedicine2009.org/.
National Conference on
Chronic Disease Prevention & Control. February
23-25, 2009. Washington, DC. http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/conference/
National Council on Aging-American
Society on Aging Aging in America Conference.
March 15-19, 2009. Las Vegas, NV. http://www.ncoa.org.
Active Aging/Healthy Communities
The EPA seeks applications for Excellence in Building Healthy
Communities for Active Aging. This award recognizes communities
for their outstanding comprehensive approaches to implementing
principles of smart growth, as well as strategies that support
active aging. This award will be presented to communities
with the best and most inclusive overall approach to implementing
smart growth and active aging on a variety of fronts, at
the neighborhood, tribe, city, county, and/or regional level.
The deadline for application is Sept. 12. (http://www.epa.gov/aging/bhc/awards/)
Ladder to Leadership
A collaborative initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
(RWJF) and the Center for Creative Leadership, this funding
initiative is designed to enhance the leadership capacity
of community-based non-profit health organizations serving
vulnerable populations. Ladder to Leadership focuses
on developing critical leadership competencies for early-
to mid-career professionals through a 16-month leadership
development curriculum. The program will be delivered in
nine priority communities on a staggered schedule over the
next four years. Up to 30 fellows will be selected to participate
in the program in each of nine targeted communities across
the U.S.: Central NY; Cleveland, OH; Birmingham, AL; Albuquerque,
NM; Eastern NC; Portland, OR.; Mid-South Region (Western
TN, Eastern AR, and Northern MS); NJ (specific site/region
to be determined); and Starr County, TX. For information,
visit the RWFJ Web site (http://www.rwjf.org/applications/solicited/cfp.jsp?ID=20281&c=EMC-FA144).
College Station, Texas 77843-1266